Back-to-back crashes

Wrecks within an hour of each other near M-32 and Bagley

News Photo by Jordan Spence A two-vehicle crash happened Thursday on North Bagley Street. Alpena Township Fire Department Chief Dave Robbins said two people were taken to the hospital for treatment and two refused treatment.

ALPENA — Two back-to-back crashes took place Thursday afternoon in Alpena near the intersection of M-32 and Bagley Street.

A three-vehicle crash happened at around 12:15 p.m. Thursday on M-32 near the Auto Zone parking lot. The three cars involved were a Dodge, Chevy, and Chrysler. The front of the Chrysler was all smashed up and its airbag deployed.

Alpena County Sheriff Steven Kieliszewski said one of the cars was turning eastbound into the Auto Zone parking lot when it hit a car that was going west. He said there was heavy traffic at the time. He wasn’t sure Thursday afternoon about injuries or if anybody was transported to the hospital.

The Alpena County Sheriff’s Department and the Alpena Township Fire Department both reported to the first accident.

Later, Alpena Township Fire Department Chief Dave Robbins said his team was dispatched to a two-vehicle crash on North Bagley Street. That accident took place about 1:15 p.m. Thursday.

News Photo by Julie Goldberg A three-vehicle crash Thursday on M-32 near the Auto Zone parking lot. Alpena County Sheriff Steven Kieliszewski wasn’t sure Thursday afternoon about injuries or if anybody was transported to the hospital.

“When dispatched originally, we were told one of the vehicles was on fire,” Robbins said at the scene. “When we arrived, all four patients were out of the vehicle and there was no fire. Two were taken to the hospital for injuries and two refused treatment. Right now, it’s a matter of getting traffic restored and cleaning up the mess.”

The Michigan State Police also responded.

Kieliszewski said people driving on M-32 near Bagley Street should pay attention to their surroundings.

“There are all kinds of things that can happen while people are driving,” Kieliszewski said. “The main thing is that people should pay attention to all their surroudings when in that area.”

Julie Goldberg can be reached at jgoldberg@thealpenanews.com or 989-358-5688.

Jordan Spence can be reached at jspence@thealpenanews.com or 989-358-5687.